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As the video shows, Sammy Schmitz didn't realize he had made a hole-in-one until he had walked off the tee box.
One of the year's most unusual golf feats happened last Thursday, when Sammy Schmitz made a hole-in-one on the 290-yard par-4 33rd hole of the finals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The unlikely ace put the 35-year-old health services company executive from Minnesota 3 up with three holes to play, and he closed out the victory on the next hole.
Even better, the U.S. Mid-Amateur winner traditionally gets a spot in the next year's Masters, so Schmitz's ace essentially sealed his trip to Augusta National.
The only thing missing – a video record of the hole-in-one.
Over the weekend, however, one surfaced – at least sort of. The videographer clearly wasn't covering the action, but happened to catch Schmitz teeing off – and, even better, his reaction when everyone realizes the ball actually went in the hole. As you can see, Schmitz hits his shot and entire group starts walking for several seconds before the ball finally finds the cup and the gallery around the green explodes.
Give it a look – it's fun to see. And you can read our original report on the amazing incident by clicking here.
October 12, 2015 - 12:58pm
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Dick Kramer, PGA Member and longtime PGA Head Professional at Bonneville Golf Course in Salt Lake City, died Friday at 96.

He retired at 81 and was inducted into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame in 1998. He retired from Bonneville in 2000.

According to the Hall of Fame's website, Kramer "was born and raised in Salt Lake City and was an all-state performer at Granite High School in 1937 in both football and basketball and played both sports at the University of Utah.

"He was named head professional at Bonneville in 1943, and except for a two-year stint in the Navy, has held that position through his induction date into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame.

"He won many professional tournaments on the Utah circuit, and also won the Idaho Open. He is also recognized as an outstanding golf teacher.

"He served as President of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA and has received the Professional of the Year Award and a Special Achievement Award from the Utah Section of the PGA.

"He has conducted the Salt Lake City Amateur since 1943 and the City Parks Open from the early 50s.

"Bonneville has been the training ground for thousands of golfers and many of those them have continued to serve golf in all facets of the industry. He trained many youngsters to be club professionals and greenskeepers."

According to the obituary in the Salt Lake City Deseret News, Kramer was survived by a son, eight grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

October 12, 2015 - 12:46pm
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Rory McIlroy
After watching an Irish rugby player fail miserably in an attempt to hit a drive, Rory McIlroy -- and everyone else on the tee -- couldn't contain their laughter.

Rory McIlroy met with the Irish Rugby team this morning and, as part of the visit, gave some golf tips on the driving range.

Luke Fitzgerald, a winger and fullback on the Rugby pitch, was McIlroy's first student.

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As you'll see here, there's a lot of work to be done:


How about that? The ball traveled about and inch and the driver went a good 25-30 yards.

McIlroy and Fitzgerald's teammates seemed to love it though.

October 12, 2015 - 10:53am
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Eagle rejection
We're all for good pranks among golf buddies on the course, but this one crosses the line (even if it's still funny since it didn't happen to us).

If you're the average golf hack, few things are as exciting on the course as having a putt for eagle -- even if it's a lengthy try.

According to this video posted to YouTube on Sunday (h/t For the Win), that's precisely what this poor soul was facing -- a lengthy eagle try, potentially his first eagle ever.

As you'll see below, the ball was tracking toward the hole. That's where, "potentially his first eagle ever" because we'll never know if the ball was going to drop in.

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Why? His golf buddy who was filming the eagle attempt decided at the last second to shatter his friend's golf dreams by kicking the ball away from the cup.


So mean. Yet so funny.

The reaction was priceless. 

The United States retained the Presidents Cup with a 1-point victory.

After taking home the 2015 Presidents Cup with a one-point victory, the U.S. team won big with their party game, too.

As evidenced by this end-of-evening Twitter post from Bubba Watson, the party was hardy, too.

Watson was joined earlier in the evening by U.S. team assistant captain Fred Couples and a festive International team member Adam Scott.



Yes, that's Adam Scott. Dressed as a kangaroo.

Zach Johnson posted his own celebration photo.

He was surrounded by U.S. team captain Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar, and some of Jordan Spieth.



So much win on and off the course this week.

Including this from-the-umbrella par from Phil Mickelson.

Here's how the final leaderboard looked.

Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson tees off during the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea.

It was, no doubt, a long week for everyone involved with the 2015 Presidents Cup.

The tournament would come down to Sunday play and one more singles match - Bill Haas vs. Sang moon-Bae.

The United States held on to win by one point - more on that here - and the celebration began.

Factor in some jet lag - the bi-annual event was held this year in South Korea - and the rigor of team play, and you've got some tired U.S. players.

Also a tired trophy? 

Yes, according to Bubba Watson.



#Bedtime indeed. 

Nothing like sleeping on a win.

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